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How to install Samba server on Ubuntu 12.04

Part 1: Configuring anonymous share with samba server

To install the samba package,enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install samba samba-common

Check the version of installed samba software by using this command:

smbd --version

Also install these suggested packages for samba:

sudo apt-get install python-glade2 system-config-samba

Go to your Windows machine and use this command in order to check the WORKGROUP name:

net config workstation

It will show the output, something like this:

Backup the smb.conf file, then delete it and create the new one:

sudo cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.bak 
sudo rm /etc/samba/smb.conf 
sudo touch /etc/samba/smb.conf 
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Add this, in your smb.conf file (or change it according to your requirement):

#======================= Global Settings ===================================== 
[global]
workgroup = WORKGROUP
server string = Samba Server %v
netbios name = ubuntu
security = user
map to guest = bad user
dns proxy = no
#============================ Share Definitions ============================== 
[MyShare]
path = /samba/share 
browsable =yes
writable = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no

Save the smb.conf file and restart the service:

sudo service smbd restart

Access the samba share from windows (where ubuntu is the name of my samba server):

wao, we are able to access the samba share successfully 🙂

Let’s try to create something, inside the share folder:

Error, we cannot create anything inside the share folder 😦

Check the current permission on the samba share:

cd /samba/
ls -l

Change it, in such a way that everyone can read and write it(Check it, that it is allowed in your environment or not):

sudo chmod -R 0777 share
ls -l

Try to create something again, inside the share folder:

Verify the newly created file on samba server:

cd share/
ls -l 


Part 2: Add and manage users and groups

Add a group in your ubuntu server (in my case smbgrp):

sudo addgroup smbgrp

Create a new share, set the permission on the share ,add the user to the samba group and create samba password:

cd /samba/
sudo chown -R arbab:smbgrp secure/ 
ls -l 
sudo chmod -R 0770 secure/
ls -l
sudo adduser arbab smbgrp
sudo smbpasswd -a arbab

Add the newly created samba share in smb.conf file:

[secure]
 path = /samba/secure
 valid users = @smbgrp
 guest ok = no
 writable = yes
 browsable = yes

Restart the samba service and check the syntax error with testparm:

sudo service smbd restart 
sudo testparm

Testing from Windows Machine:

Verification from Ubuntu server:

cd /samba/secure/
ls -l

Hope this will help you!

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Enjoy 🙂

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